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Riverdog ESB | Calapooia Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Calapooia Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RedDiamond on 03-16-2007

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 3
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Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine ESB that deviates somewhat from the English version it is trying to emulate. Dark amber with a two finger head and plentiful lacings. Aroma is dark floral hops, some caramel.
Taste is dark bitter euro and Northwest hops, sweet rich dark malts make for a well balanced ESB. The hops are slightly too citrus but that didn't detract from the enjoyment at all. Modest carbonation. Good mouthfeel.
Good session brew at 5.5%abv.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial pint in a dimpled mugs at "f/stop Fitzgeralds" bar in Salem. $4.00
Nice copper coloured ale with a off white inch high head that sticks.
Good English hop profile for a while then the usual PNW takes over..strong malty caramel.
Nice tasty yet balanced beer..gret hop profile balanced by a chewy maltiness.
Very nice on the tongue ..complex yet goes smooth.
Overall a very drinkable well made PNW ESB..

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Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stript
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of RedDiamond
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Riverdog is a beer with the kind of attitude problem I can really appreciate. It makes a strong showing of Willamette and Cascade hops in a punky yeast environment that draws to a sharp close. It shows standard coloring and body and the yeasted aroma arrives only after coaxing.

Lots of zest and tangy flavor here. It strays a bit from English tradition, but isn’t that what America is all about?

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Photo of fortheunheard
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bobotron
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Riverdog ESB from Calapooia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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